We're nearing the end of another year blogging at TwinSpires.com, and this quiet week on the racing front is a good time to bring back to readers' attention some of my better (IMHO) takes, historic and contemporary, during 2016. Before diving into Santa Anita's opening day card over the Christmas...|
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Two-Year-Old Filly – Champagne Room, Noted and Quoted, Sweet Loretta, Union Strike, etc. OK, I held off as long as I could, hoping the last few juvenile filly graded races of 2016 would provide some clarity. They didn’t. Instead, the trend of upsets and one-hit wonders continued in the Starlet...|
Story and photo by Scott Shapiro In a race written to prepare the star five-year-old for his final career start next month in Florida, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome easily disposed of an overmatched group of California based rivals in the inaugural Winter Challenge on Saturday. As...|
The mercury dipped to dangerous levels for all the participants in our personal features this weekend but the results were as mixed as ever. Our two feature winners turned out to attract the bulk of the bettors, much to our surprise and, as usual, we delivered in the exotics department, with...|
by Scott Shapiro The Winter Challenge headlined by 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year California Chrome is the Saturday feature at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Challenge is the 9TH and final race on the card and is the final leg for a 50-cent Pick 4 that commences in Race 6, a late...|
by Scott Shapiro The second week of the Los Alamitos winter meeting is headlined by the $180,000 Winter Challenge. The race written for local hero and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome drew a field of 10 and is the 9TH and final race on this Saturday’s card in Cypress, California. The...|
By Dick Powell The news that Garrett Gomez was found dead on Wednesday at the age of 44 at a casino hotel south of Tucson, Arizona hit like a punch below the belt. Even when bad news is not surprising, it is still shocking when it arrives with the finality of it all. Gomez had his demons and...|
Across North America’s northlands, weather forecasts call for a bitter-cold weekend and snowfalls. Our harness-racing forecasts call for more personal race features—hand-picked overnight events from raceways on the TwinSpires track menu. Of course, there is also the TwinSpires’ exclusive,...|